Jane Sawyer draws on a blend of contemporary design, craft practice and conceptual curiosity. Versatile ceramic objects that sit somewhere
between sculpture and function engage both the tactile and the visual senses breaking down distinctions between art, craft and design, aiming for innovative expression.
"Jane Sawyer has created a language of form and colour that makes a virtue of humility. Jane Sawyer trained at Shussai-gama, a traditional Japanese pottery based on Mingei principles. Though she maintains a Japanese rigour in her work, she breaks certain traditions attached to materials. She has defied the lowly status attached to terracotta clay and created objects that accentuate its rich orange-red colour. This colour is highlighted by the white slips that partly conceals it. The slip is applied while the vessel is moving, so that the result reflects the process of making. Sawyer has found a natural medium of expression." Kevin Murray, 2005
"Sawyer's teasing vessels are finely balanced between awkwardness and elegance, indolence and vitality, playfulness and solemnity. They are forever in a state of becoming". Peter Timms, 2007
"These pots contain humour, playing with the viewer/user, inviting (them) to touch and consider the nature of the material and the relationship of the shape to the human body." Shannon Garson, 2008